Famous British Saints

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Saint Patrick
(Missionary)

Saint Patrick
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Birthdate: 0385 AD
Birthplace: Roman Britain
Died: March 17, 0461

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British bishop and Christian missionary in Ireland. Widely regarded as the main patron saint of Ireland, Patrick is often referred to as the Apostle of Ireland. According to early medieval tradition, Patrick is credited with popularizing Christianity in Ireland. His life and work inspired the 2000 TV historical drama film, St. Patrick: The Irish Legend.

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Julian of Norwich
(English mystic)

Julian of Norwich
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Birthdate: November 8, 1342
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norwich, England
Died: 1416 AD

Edmund the Martyr
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Birthdate: 0841 AD
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: November 28, 0869
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Saint Cuthbert
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Birthdate: 0634 AD
Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom
Died: March 20, 0687

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Thomas Becket
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Birthdate: December 21, 1118
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: December 29, 1170
Thomas Becket, also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury or Thomas of London, served as the archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until 1170. He is known for his conflict with King Henry II of England, regarding the powers of the Church, following which he was killed by the king’s followers.

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Saint John Fisher
(English Priest)

Saint John Fisher
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Birthdate: November 30, 1469
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beverley, England
Died: June 22, 1535

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Saint Ursula
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Great Britain, England
Died: November 21, 0383
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Swithin
(Saint)

Swithin
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Birthdate: 0800 AD
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: July 2, 0863

Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester in the 9th century. He subsequently became the patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. According to Christian traditions, he is recorded as a witness to nine charters. More than a century after his death, he was adopted as patron of the restored church at Winchester. Several miracles are attributed to him.

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Aethelberht I
(King of Kent)

Aethelberht I
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Birthdate: 0550 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Kent
Died: February 24, 0616

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Gildas
(Monk)

Gildas
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Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Strathclyde
Died: January 29, 0570

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Bede
(English Monk at the Monastery of St. Peter, Best Known for His Work 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People')

Bede
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Birthdate: 0673 AD
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: May 26, 0735

Best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, The Venerable Bede was an Anglo Saxon theologian and historian. An English Benedictine monk, he was taken to the monastery of St. Peter at age 7. He is now revered as the patron saint of English writers and historians.

Saint Edmund Campion
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Birthdate: January 24, 1540
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1581

Catholic Jesuit priest Saint Edmund Campion was hailed as a martyr after being hanged for treason at Tyburn by Queen Elizabeth I’s government. Born to a bookseller in London, Campion taught at Oxford, before being ordained. He was later canonized as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

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Matthew Paris
(Artist and historian)

Matthew Paris
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Birthdate: 1200 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1259 AD

Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln
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Birthdate: 1200 AD, 1246
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: August 27, 1255

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Wilfrid
(Saint)

Wilfrid
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Birthdate: 0633 AD
Birthplace: Northumbria, England
Died: 0709 AD

Richard of Chichester
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Birthdate: 1197 AD
Birthplace: Droitwich, England
Died: April 3, 1253

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Saint Aelfheah
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Birthdate: 0954 AD
Birthplace: Upper Weston, Bath, United Kingdom
Died: April 19, 1012

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E.B. Pusey
(Theologian)

E.B. Pusey
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Birthdate: August 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pusey, England
Died: September 16, 1882

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Willibrord
(Saint)

Willibrord
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Birthdate: 0658 AD
Birthplace: Northumbria, England
Died: November 7, 0739

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Jeremy Taylor
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Birthdate: August 15, 1613
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Died: August 13, 1667

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Simon Of Sudbury
(Archbishop)

Simon Of Sudbury
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Birthdate: 1316 AD
Birthplace: Sudbury, United Kingdom
Died: June 14, 1381

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George Kennedy Allen Bell
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Birthdate: February 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hayling Island, England
Died: October 3, 1958

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Robert Southwell
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Birthdate: 1561 AD
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Died: February 21, 1595

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Saint Aelred of Rievaulx
(Cistercian Monk)

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx
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Birthdate: 1110 AD
Birthplace: Hexham, England
Died: January 12, 1167

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Aldhelm
(Bishop)

Aldhelm
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Birthdate: 0639 AD
Birthplace: Wessex, England
Died: May 25, 0709

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Nicholas Ferrar
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Birthdate: February 22, 1592
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 4, 1637

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Frederick Denison Maurice
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Birthdate: August 29, 1805
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Normanston, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 1, 1872

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Colin Turnbull
(Anthropologist)

Colin Turnbull
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Birthdate: November 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: July 28, 1994

British-American anthropologist Colin Turnbull is best remembered for his books The Forest People and The Mountain People. After serving the naval reserves during World War II, he worked as a researcher at the Banaras Hindu University before returning to Oxford. He also taught at the George Washington University.

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Saint John of Beverley
(English bishop)

Saint John of Beverley
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Harpham, United Kingdom
Died: May 7, 0721

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Margaret Ward
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Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Congleton, Cheshire, England
Died: August 30, 1588

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Chad of Mercia
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Birthdate: 0634 AD
Birthplace: Northumbria, England
Died: March 2, 0672

Chad of Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon churchman who, according to Saint Bede, is credited with bringing Christianity to the Mercian kingdom. After his death, Chad was venerated as a saint and continues to be venerated in several churches, such as the Anglican churches, the Roman Catholic, and the Celtic Orthodox Church.

Gilbert of Sempringham
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Birthdate: 1083 AD
Birthplace: Sempringham, England
Died: February 4, 1189

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Gilbert Foliot
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Birthdate: 1110 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 18, 1187

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James Hannington
(Missionary)

James Hannington
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Birthdate: September 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hurstpierpoint, England
Died: October 29, 1885

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Charles Gore
(Clergyman)

Charles Gore
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Birthdate: January 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Died: January 17, 1932

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Cuthbert Mayne
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Birthdate: 1543 AD
Birthplace: Youlston, England, United States
Died: November 29, 1577

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Saint Osmund
(Clergyman)

Saint Osmund
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Seez, Normandy, France
Died: December 3, 1099

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Simeon Of Durham
(Historian)

Simeon Of Durham
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Birthdate: 1060 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1129 AD

Florence Of Worcester
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Worcester, England
Died: July 7, 1118

Francis Aidan Gasquet
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Birthdate: October 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somers Town, London, England
Died: April 5, 1929

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Myles Coverdale
(Translator)

Myles Coverdale
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Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 20, 1569

Bishop of Exeter Myles Coverdale is best remembered for releasing the first printed translation of the Bible in English. He had been a major figure of the Reform cause. He escaped being burned at the stake during Roman Catholic Mary I’s reign by moving to Denmark.

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Robert Mannyng
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Died: 1338 AD

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Charles Simeon
(Clergyman)

Charles Simeon
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Birthdate: September 24, 1759
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reading, England
Died: November 13, 1836

Charles Simeon was an evangelical Anglican clergyman. An influential leader among evangelical churchmen, Charles Simeon co-founded the Church Missionary Society. He also helped found the Church's Ministry Among Jewish People in 1809. In 2001, Charles Simeon Trust was established in his honor. In 2014, the Charles Simeon Institute was founded in his honor.

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Stephen Harding
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Birthdate: 1050 AD
Birthplace: Sherborne, England
Died: March 28, 1134

Stephen Harding is remembered as a founder of the Cistercian Order of the Catholic Church. He also released his own version of the Bible and set austere regulations for the followers of his order. An abbot of Cîteaux, he is now revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Thomas de Cantilupe
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Birthdate: 1218 AD
Birthplace: Hambleton, England
Died: August 25, 1282

The son of a feudal baron, Thomas de Cantilupe was educated at Oxford, Orléans, and Paris, and later taught canon law. He also served as the chancellor of England and the bishop of Hereford. In the Second Barons' War, he was the barons’ representative before King Louis IX of France.

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Thomas Ken
(Bishops)

Thomas Ken
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Birthdate: 1218 AD, 1637
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Died: March 19, 1711

Anglican bishop and hymn writer Thomas Ken had also been King Charles II’s chaplain. He was one of the seven bishops who opposed King James II’s Declaration of Indulgence that was focused on promoting Roman Catholicism. He was eventually forced to retire due to his opposition to William and Mary.

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Richard Rolle
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Birthdate: 1300 AD
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: September 29, 1349

Richard Rolle was an English mystic, hermit, and religious writer. According to scholarly research, Rolle's works were among the most read during the 15th century. He is credited with inspiring a flourishing cult, which was prevalent during the English Reformation. Richard Rolle is commemorated on 20 January in the Church of England.

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Wulfstan
(Bishop)

Wulfstan
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Birthdate: 1008 AD
Birthplace: Long Itchington, England
Died: January 20, 1095

Saint Wulfstan, or Wulstan, who had been the bishop of Worcester, was the only surviving English bishop after the Norman Conquest. Apart from ending slave trade in Bristol, he also compiled Domesday Book. He is revered as the patron saint of vegetarians and of those on a diet.

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Edmund of Abingdon
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Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England
Died: November 16, 1240

Born Edmund Rich, Edmund of Abingdon was a 13th-century archbishop of Canterbury. He also taught math and theology at various institutes. He is remembered for his conflict with King Henry III of England, in defense of church rights. His written contributions to medieval theology include works such as Speculum ecclesiae.

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Sister Mary Irene FitzGibbon
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Birthdate: May 12, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 14, 1896

Sister Mary Irene FitzGibbon, popularly known as Sister Irene, is best remembered as the founder of the New York Foundling Hospital, a first-of-its-kind hospital that catered to abandoned infants, especially those born of unwed mothers. She also introduced pioneering programs for adoption and for arrangement of foster homes.